Dry Skin Season

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

February in mid-Michigan means snowflakes and flaky skin. So Sue Webster can't wait till spring.

"It's annoying. It's itchy. It's kind of dry, kind of flaky. Sometimes it just feels kind of tight, mostly on your arms, legs, and hands, that sort of thing."

And Rosaline Snyder feels the same way. She's constantly using lotion.

"I moisturize my face once or twice a day, and my hands once a day ... once or twice a day."

Dermatologist Doctor Yuelin Xu says the winter weather causes people to turn up their heaters, resulting in the nuisance.

"If you don't use a humidifier the air's really dry. So as the air dries, your skin dries. You lose a lot of water from your skin so your skin's dry."

Dr. Xu says recommends using plenty of lotion to combat the dryness. And a humidifier can help too. He says any brand or moisturizer will work. It doesn't have to be expensive. But although most people are fine with store brands, he says if your skin is severely dry and painful you should contact your physician.

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